West Virginia


Rural West Virginia is at the heart of the Appalachian region. Over the past 100 years, rural West Virginians have provided the hard work and resources that have helped shape America and make this country what it is today. West Virginia’s rich history, stunning landscapes and friendly people are why it's known as "Almost Heaven."

The counties included in our RPN Community Networks have experienced population loss, battled declining coal and timber economies, and suffered through the opioid epidemic. Despite the challenges, these communities are eager to capitalize on a growing recreation economies, attractive landscapes, and unique Appalachian charm. The USDA led Rural Partners Network ensures that rural communities have the opportunity to succeed - that people that live in rural communities, more than 448,150, within these twenty West Virginia counties, have an opportunity to just not survive - but thrive.

At USDA Rural Development we are advocates for, investors in, and partners to rural communities and the people, businesses, and organizations within those communities. The RPN program is an extension of that promise. Through our two community networks - the RPN team works directly with stakeholders to focus on projects prioritized from the bottom up and middle out - that unlock the full potential of these traditionally underserved communities.

Community Networks in West Virginia

  1. Southern West Virginia

    Counties of Mingo, Wayne, Lincoln, Boone, Logan, Wyoming, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Raleigh, Summers, Fayette.

Community networks in West Virginia

Rural Partners Network Contacts for West Virginia